Sunday, January 31, 2016
To be an affective part of a team, sometimes the best thing you can do is to get out of the way. Although you may be equipped to handle one part of the job, doesn’t mean you can will your way through the other parts. It’s important to know your limits so that you don’t limit others around you. When supporting a loved one who suffers from alcoholism, the main thing to remember is that it’s not your fight. Sure, you are affected and involved, but your role needs to be more “supporting” than “leading.” Here are some helpful suggestions that will assist you and your loved one’s journey to recovery. Let licensed professionals set the strategy Rehab centers in Sacramento, CA like New Dawn Recovery Center, are a great place to gather resources to help manage the process and stages of addiction. The offered resources are not only for the sufferer, but also for their friends and family.
People need to eat to satisfy their appetite and meet their nutritional needs. Unfortunately, some people consistently eat more than what their body actually requires or “binge eat”. UTSanDiego.com writer Errin Hutkin reports that binge eating has been recently included in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders. Hutkin spoke to a San Diego-based dietician, who explains that binge eating is different from another eating disorder, bulimia. While in both cases, those who are afflicted tend to consume more-than-normal quantities of food, compulsive eaters don’t purge or take laxatives. The dietician stresses that the condition is often triggered by emotional stress. Possible long-term effects of binge eating are diabetes, heart disease, obesity, high blood pressure, and high cholesterol. With Sacramento’s thriving culinary scene teeming with mouthwatering delights, it’s unsurprising for some locals to overeat from time to time.
Eating disorders are no longer just isolated to teens and college age women, and really they never were. Now more than ever, there are cases of men and women well over 50, into their golden years, still struggling with an eating disorder. This is only more proof the eating disorders do not discriminate by race, gender and especially not age. A recent HuggingtonPost.com article offers this information on the subject: “A 2012 study published in the International Journal of Eating Disorders found that 13 percent of women 50 and over experienced symptoms of an eating disorder over the past five years, according to the National Eating Disorder Association. But while the overwhelming majority of people with eating disorders are between the ages of 12 and 26, those suffering later in life still deserve the same help.
Equine therapy has long been proven to treat people with a variety of disorders. Horses are said to mirror people’s emotions, so the simple act of being around certain creatures can put people at ease. Those suffering from anxiety disorders, stress, behavioral problems, and even autism can be treated with equine therapy. Because this type of therapy has been so successful, it’s now used to treat addiction patients as well. Those going through drug rehab in Sacramento and all over the world can benefit immensely simply from being around and engaged with horses. There are psychological studies that have been conducted that show that being around horses can change human brainwave patterns, which is why it can be especially helpful for those going through addiction recovery.
One of the most important parts of Sacramento rehab is the need for pain management without the use of prescriptions drugs. If you are a recovering drug addict, you must find ways to deal with pain without taking opiates, as these are extremely addictive and counterproductive to the rehabilitation process. Luckily, there are other ways to manage pain. Whether you are involved in an inpatient or outpatient program, there are steps you can take for pain relief during the detox and recovery process. Here are a few ideas for how to handle pain without medication. Massages Massaging the joints and muscles is one of the best ways for pain relief. Having quality massage can also relax the muscles and ease the tension in your entire body. When your entire body is relaxed, pain is less severe, and the likelihood for increased pain decreases. Massaging the lower back and other focal points of the body can reduce pain in any area.
Over the last few years, research has shown that the neurological effects of long-term alcohol abuse can be extreme, and sometimes irreparable. While many may associate alcohol abuse with liver damage, the damage to your brain can be just as extreme, and sometimes even more life threatening. Alcohol can especially impact a developing brain. That means adolescents and young adults who drink excessively, and always have, are even more susceptible to its damage. There are a number of neurological effects that can be externally seen by alcoholics. For instance, trouble walking or standing, slurred speech and impaired vision are all things that noticeably happen to an intoxicated person. While this may seem harmless, and some even consider it laughable at the time, these are all signs that your brain is being damaged. Brain cells can be repaired after a night of heavy drinking, but long-term abusers run the risk of permanent damage to their brain.
"In the United States, up to 24 million people suffer from some kind of eating disorder. Eating disorders are characterized by an unhealthy, often life threatening relationship with food. While many associate eating disorders with restricting your food intake, a binge eating disorder is characterized by over eating for emotional or other psychological issues. “Emotional eating,” means that those who feel stress, anxiety, depression or other negative emotions might use food to subdue or alleviate those feelings. People who suffer from this disorder might feel like food is their only “friend.” There are also several social stigmas to binge eating disorders. The pressure these days to be thin, and the shame one feels for being overweight can contribute to the emotional distress that causes a binge eating disorder.
"Heroin accounts for 17 percent of Sacramentans seeking treatment at county clinics. Heroin use is on the rise in many smaller cities throughout the United States, and Sacramento is no exception. Heroin is one of the most addictive substances and while it was once isolated to the low-income areas of larger cities, it is now commonplace throughout suburban, middle class and higher end areas. Along with the increase in drug addiction, the need for detox in Sacramento is also growing. There are various reasons for the increase in heroin use in Sacramento, and other areas. Many believe it has a lot to do with the abuse of prescription opiates such as OxyContin, Vicodin and Norcos. Often, when these drugs are abused people become addicted and aspire to reach a greater high. Because the high is similar to heroin, it can sometimes be used as an economic substitute.
When choosing the best Sacramento recovery options, make sure you have as much information as possible. The less questions you have going in, the more confidence you’ll have in your treatment team.
When it comes to dealing with those who suffer from a substance or chemical addiction, there are a lot of options to choose from when it comes to treatment. And with the variance of plans that different clinics offer, you never really know what you’re going to get, quality wise. Does one clinic have a specialty or do they encompass the full range of addicted behaviors? The questions go on and on. Below is a bit of information you should consider when looking for a Sacramento recovery option. Program accreditation and licensing is one of the primary objectives to account for when considering a treatment facility. There are a lot of independent agencies and organizations that offer services that have no foundation or educational credibility.Any legitimate facility that offers effective services and treatments should have no problem producing information regarding licensing and accreditation.
Drug Rehab Centers in Sacramento CA offers tips on how to tell if your child might be chemically dependent
The thought of your child being hurt is one of the most painful, helpless feelings you can have as a parent. Be it emotional or physical, the urge to do whatever you can to ease the distress is inherent. Luckily, when they’re younger it’s easy to tell when a need arises. They are much more willing and able to communicate, making it easier for you to “zero-in” on their need. But as they get older their desire to communicate pulls back, potentially causing you a harder time at spotting a budding substance abuse problem. Even if they are willing to communicate, sometimes a clouded mindset will enable their judgment and the anticipated perceptions of your reaction might be. Whether it be an inability or unwillingness to communicate the more information you have will help pick up the slack of any lacking communication issues. The following, are few different ways to help you spot a whether your child is suffering from a substance or chemical abuse problem.
Aside from the initial contact you make with a treatment facility, be it for anorexia recovery in Sacramento or substance abuse focused, the aftercare portion may be the most important part of the whole process. Just as the value of a postage stamp is only as good as its ability to stick to where it’s going, the same is true when it comes to the value of rehabilitation treatment. The trials and tribulations of the world don’t go away just because a patient made it through the treatment. The real test is when they’re back out in the real world, with all the temptations, influences and stresses that were there before they got help. That’s why it’s important to make sure they have a plan, well before reentering a life of sobriety. Also, just as the initial process to get help was motivated by an intervention, aftercare is defined as any subsequent interventions that follow the original treatment.
As well all know, the holidays bring out an urgency that is unmatched throughout the rest of the year. The combined stresses of planning family get-togethers and the general constant hustle and bustle that goes along with this time of year, are enough to shake to most disciplined person out of their usual routines. For any who suffers from any type of personally damaging triggers, routines are a “must” to stay healthy. And, with the barrage of food-centric gatherings that this time of year has to offer, those with eating disorders have got to be prepared. One of the most important steps in managing your fight is to be around people that understand your situation. Although your great aunt “means-well” when forcing all of her homespun treats your way, doesn’t mean you have to deal with the guilt-trip associated with denying or indulging in them. Have someone that understands you, who you can communicate with in the moment.
Saturday, January 30, 2016
"Most things are never how they seem on TV. With the past popularity of addict-based “intervention” programs, many of us may try and emulate some of the techniques we’ve viewed in these shows, never recognizing the fact that these productions a have full teams of editors, writers and more writers. Remember, reality TV, although not quite as scripted as a sitcom, is rarely a true, genuine glimpse of reality. The drama it creates may be real, but the need for a beginning, middle and end is it’s primary focus. To see a family’s loved one go from the streets to full recovery within a 30-minute span is dangerous, in that it gives us an unrealistic expectation of the whole picture. When jumping into the world of confronting a loved one’s addiction, it must be done with compassion, nuance and an incredible amount of preparation. It can’t be filled with overtly emotional displays or guilt-trip based motivations.
Due in large part to Hollywood’s glamorization of eating disorders, some people have the misconception that such conditions all come down to being a lifestyle choice. This is just one of the many stigmas that surround the illness, something that Annie Souza, a student from the Arizona State University (ASU) faced herself as Statepress.com writer Savannah Harrelson explains: “I was exercising and running every day, and it seemed like it was really healthy, but it became this really overwhelming obsession where if I didn’t get an hour or two of running every day, I’d feel so awful about myself, and if I did eat a cookie I would just feel awful,” she said. Souza finally reached out to a therapist after a friend suggested to her twice that she might have an eating disorder.
For many people, substance abuse can cause problems at home, school, and work. It can affect relationships, leaving everyone involved feeling helpless, isolated, and ashamed. If you’re worried that a friend or family member is using drugs, it’s important to know that help is available. Learning about the nature of the addiction, how it develops, what the signs are, and what reputable rehabilitation centers in Sacramento, CA can do for your loved one will give you a better understanding of the situation and how to best deal with it. The signs to look out for Despite the fact that different drugs cause different physical effects, the symptoms of dependency are similar in most cases. DUI Foundation identifies the most common signs of alcohol or drug dependence to look out for in one of their articles.
There are many myths about drug addiction circulating, so when people hear of drug addiction, they often already have a distinct picture of what it looks like. These preconceived notions come from a variety of sources--some may even be from personal experiences. The problem is that unlike most myths that are harmless, misconceptions about drug addiction can lead to problems for both the addict and society as a whole. Perhaps you’ve dealt with a loved one’s addiction and the experience ended in a bad way, so you’re afraid that all addictions will eventually lead to the same result. On the other hand, you’ve never had to handle an addiction before, and your only source of information comes from the media. Nevertheless, you need to learn about addiction and understand what it is and what it’s not. By dealing with its greatest myths, you can have a clearer picture of addiction to help you, your friend, or family find their way to recovery.
Relapse, or the recurrence of old symptoms after a period of treatment and/or recovery, is one of the biggest challenges faced by those who’ve completed drug and alcohol rehab programs. While it’s logical for treatment experts to focus on identifying common telltale signs among their patients to prevent relapse, an article on Psych Central based on a report in the Journal of Addiction Medicine says that they should also watch out for signs of insomnia: Insomnia may be linked with a higher risk of alcohol-related problems and relapse, the researchers noted. The association may run in the other direction as well — other studies have found that people with sleep disturbances are more likely to be at risk of developing addiction.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) say that binge drinking among young adults is a growing concern in the U.S. ConsumerAffairs cited a study published in the CDC’s Preventing Chronic Disease journal, stating that one in three American adults is an excessive drinker. The study also made it clear, however, that 9 out of 10 binge drinkers shouldn’t be classified as ‘alcoholics’ and public perception to alcoholism must change accordingly: This study shows that, contrary to popular opinion, most people who drink too much are not alcohol dependent or alcoholics,” said Dr. Robert Brewer, Alcohol Program Lead at CDC and one of the report’s authors. “It also emphasizes the importance of taking a comprehensive approach to reducing excessive drinking that includes evidence-based community strategies, screening and counseling in healthcare settings, and high-quality substance abuse treatment for those who need it.